Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, Cordelia Fine debunks the myth of hardwired differences between men's and women's brains, unraveling the evidence behind such claims as men's brains aren't wired for empathy and women's brains aren't made to fix cars. She then goes one step further, offering a very different explanation of the dissimilarities between men's and women's behavior. Instead of a "male brain" and a "female brain," Fine gives us a glimpse of plastic, mutable minds that are continuously influenced by cultural assumptions about gender.--From publisher description
Includes bibliographical references (p. -327) and index
"Half-changed world," half-changed minds. We think, therefore you are ; Why you should cover your head with a paper bag if you have a secret you don't want your wife to find out ; "Backwards and in high heels" ; I don't belong here ; The glass workplace ; XX-clusion and XXX-clusion ; Gender equality begins (or ends) at home ; Gender equality 2.0? -- Neurosexism. The "fetal fork" ; In "the darkness of the womb" (and the first few hours in the light) ; The brain of a boy in the body of a girl... or a monkey? ; Sex and premature speculation ; What does it all mean, anyway? ; Brain scams ; The "seductive allure" of neuroscience ; Unraveling hardwiring -- Recycling gender. Preconceptions and postconceptions ; Parenting with a half-changed mind ; "Gender detectives" ; Gender education ; The self-socializing child -- Epilogue : And s-t-r-e-t-c-h!